Exclusive: Air-Drum Your Ass Off With ‘Adventures of Power’


When hard times hit a small mining town, Power (writer-director Ari Gold) doesn’t wish for riches; he only wishes that he’d learned to play drums. But his father (Michael McKean) could never afford to buy him a drum set, so Power has embraced the next best thing: air drumming. Tired of the constant ridicule, and with nothing but a few dollars, some breakfast cereal, and the support of his Aunt Joanie (Jane Lynch), Power sets off across the country to the “paradise” of Newark, where an underground air drumming crew has invited him to join their team. But as the big air drumming competition looms, so does a rival—multi-millionaire drummer Dallas H. (Adrien Grenier), who thinks air drumming is an abomination and seeks to destroy Power and his crew.

It sounds absurd — and it is. I know that I had my differences with this film when I reviewed it at Sundance two years ago, but I do find the concept of air-drumming quite fun. I mean, who doesn’t do that? As well, I’ve been a major fan of the Air Guitar world as part of my adoration for Alexandra Lipsitz’ energetic rock-doc Air Guitar Nation. Which leads me to this exclusive clip that we’ve received in advance of the release of Adventures of Power, which combines Ari Gold’s absurd air-drumming character with the Air Guitar World Championships in Finland. In the clip, Gold shows up as Power to rock the place to the tune of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher.” Do you like to rock? If you said yes, you should check out the clip below. If you don’t like to rock, you should also watch the clip below.

Adventures of Power opens in New York on October 9 and in Los Angeles on October 16.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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